A Facebook ad showing Ossoff alongside Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said, “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia!”
The Osfsoff campaign noted that both he and Sumer were Jews.
“The digital advertising attack by US Senator David Purdue distorted my face to enlarge and widen my nose. I am a Jew. This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history,” Ossoff said.
“Obviously, it was an accident, but in order to avoid any confusion, we immediately deleted the image from Facebook,” said a Perdue campaign spokeswoman. “Anyone who thinks this was anything but an accidental mistake is deliberately misrepresenting Senator Purdue’s strong and consistent position, which is strongly opposed to anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred.”
The Perdue campaign also noted that last year the senator co-sponsored a resolution “condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.”
“Senator Purdue stood with the Jewish community both in the fight against anti-Semitism and in his unwavering commitment to the security of the Jewish state of Israel,” tweeted Norm Coleman, national leader of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a conservative propaganda group. “Any attempt to cover it up with accusations of anti-Semitism is simply wrong.”
Dylan Williams, a senior official on the left-wing propaganda group J Street, tweeted, “How much more right-wing hatred do we have to endure?
Osfoss himself called on Purdue to apologize. “Senator, literally no one believes your excuses,” Ossoff said. “You can start with an unskilled apology to the Georgian Jewish community.”
This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.